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Dear Edi­tor,

I THINK peo­ple of Chin­gola and Zam­bians in gen­eral are tired of Konkola Cop­per Mines (KCM)’s never end­ing drama.

The is­sue of KCM’s ills has been on Zam­bians’ lips for umpteenth time with no so­lu­tion so far.

Suc­ces­sive Gov­ern­ments have been in talks; we are told with KCM to im­prove its op­er­a­tional ex­ploits in Zam­bia just like the rest of the other mines to no tan­gi­ble re­sults.

One re­ally won­ders why KCM has been so stub­born in ad­dress­ing the many chal­lenges and short­com­ings put across to it by all the stake­hold­ers, Gov­ern­ment and em­ploy­ees in­clu­sive.

Is there some­thing that the Zam­bian peo­ple don’t know that only suc­ces­sive Gov­ern­ments come to know when they as­cend to power that make this mine be­have like a small god in our own na­tion?

Where are the tech­nocrats who signed for the sale of this mine to Vedanta to give the coun­try the silent in­for­ma­tion that make this mine be­have in such a man­ner with im­punity al­ways?

Who messed up the sale agree­ment of this mine to war­rant its stub­born­ness to even the gov­ern­ment of the day?

We have other mines like FQM’s Kansan­shi, Tri­dent, Kalum­bila and, Lumwana Mines, to men­tion but a few, who have never tor­mented suc­ces­sive Gov­ern­ments the way KCM has been do­ing with im­punity and un­be­liev­able stub­born­ness.

I se­ri­ously smell a rat some­where in the sale agree­ment and I feel it is high time our own Zam­bian tech­nocrats who were in­volved in the sale pro­ce­dure, agree­ment or/and con­tract to be brought to book to ac­count for the mess.

We are se­ri­ously tired of the un­end­ing drama at this mine as if it was the only mine in Zam­bia.

More­over, that is our cop­per, for God’s sake.

Ev­ery Gov­ern­ment in wait­ing talks highly of clean­ing the mess at KCM once voted into power but one won­ders why they seem to all de­velop cold feet im­me­di­ately they form Gov­ern­ment.

What is in the sale agree­ment that make ev­ery suc­ces­sive Gov­ern­ment vul­ner­a­ble to KCM im­me­di­ately they as­cend to power?


FILE PHOTO: Min­ers Un­der­ground

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